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Church St Low-Traffic Neighbourhood scheme - Time for a public debate

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The Mildmay Club

33-34 Newington Green

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N16 9PR

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A public discussion giving everyone from all sides of the argument a chance to debate the issues together in the same room.

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One more Low-Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) scheme will close off yet another London street. Church Street in Stoke Newington, Hackney, when it goes live on 20 September, will shut a major thoroughfare to vehicles (except buses and blue-badge holders), affecting local residents and businesses in and around it.

Will it — as proponents like to claim of every LTN — free up local streets of unwanted traffic, reduce pollution, be safer for pedestrians and cyclists, while at the same time, help tackle climate change? Or will it lengthen journey times, displace traffic and pollution elsewhere, and end up restricting access to residents and businesses who rely upon it?

Ever since the first scheme was introduced at the start of the Covid pandemic in March 2020, encouraged by Conservative government grants, each LTN was rushed through with little public consultation or scrutiny. Apart from a leaflet pushed through household doors (perhaps with a link to an online survey), the public has seldom been allowed to have their say.

The Church Street LTN is no exception. It was introduced with little prior notice. Local communities and businesses were unaware of it until only a few weeks before it was announced. They will have to wait a further 12 months to make their voices heard. By then, as some argue, will it be too late to challenge or improve it?

No matter which side of the debate you are on, everyone will agree that LTNs do dramatically change local areas and neighbourhoods.

This debate will give the public an opportunity to hold those responsible for planning and implementing LTNs to account. Campaigners against LTNs will also be asked why they believe the schemes disrupt local communities and what their alternatives are.

The introduction of LTNs has been one of the most hotly contested and divisive issues seen in local politics for some time. Without an honest and open public debate, we risk sidelining the public — surely, the last thing anyone wants?

Confirmed speakers

Cllr Vincent Stops is a Labour councillor representing Hackney Central. He has previously been the lead member for transport for Hackney and is presently the chair of its planning committee. Vincent worked for 20 years for the pan-London public body representing transport users, most of that time he focussed on streets, bus and road safety policy.

Niall Crowley is a designer and writer who lives in East London. He studied Design History and has a long-term interest in urbanisation, gentrification, citizenship and democracy. He opened the Eclipse - a thriving neighbourhood bar in Lower Clapton in the early 2000s, and helped revive the old Chatsworth Road market. Over the last 18 months he has been writing and campaigning against the imposition of road closures and Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. Niall stood as an independent councillor in the May London elections. He believes in Active Citizens rather than Active Travel.

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Martyn Perks, former Islington by-election independent candidate, is a self-employed management consultant advising large-scale companies and public-sector organisations on using digital workplace technology. He also writes, speaks and produces debates about a wide variety of issues, including design, innovation, privacy, free speech and the impact of technology on society.

(More speakers to be confirmed shortly)

Debate format

At 7pm the chair will promptly introduce the discussion for five minutes to set the scene.

Then, will invite a roundtable discussion among the speakers for approximately 20 minutes. Afterwhich, will take rounds of questions and points from the audience.

After each batch of points from the audience, the chair will invite the panel to respond to whichever points they want to, along with issues raised by other panelists.

At 8.25pm, with five minutes remaining, the chair will then ask each panelist to briefly sum up their thoughts, arguments, from the evening's discussion.

No one side of the debate will be preferenced over the other. Rather, the aim is to encourage an open, tolerant debate, with contributions encouraged from the public audience, and that gives the speakers opporunity to respond.

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The Mildmay Club

33-34 Newington Green

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